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February Stories: What I read and watched!

February has just flown by, hasn’t it? It feels like I just wrote my January post and now it’s time to once again chat about the stories I enjoyed last month! This list is short since I spent a lot of time prepping for the Princess Half Marathon, doing business and rental tax work, and spending many evenings working on 2018’s Princess video recaps in a last-ditch effort. ( I knocked out the Expo, Princess 5k, and Enchanted 10k but I ran out of time for the half marathon. Drat.)

So rather than reading more, I ended up watching TV and a movie I’ve already seen as a way to relax while packing or doing costume work. Starting with…

Movies

12 Dates of Christmas

Yep, I watched a Christmas movie in February. While packing for Princess, I wanted to put on something I’ve seen before as comforting background entertainment. I didn’t feel like spending a bunch of time searching for just the right movie, so when this cover popped up, I played.

Besides, I LOVE this movie!!! I want to WRITE this movie! It’s my favorite made-for-TV holiday film because the plotting is endearing and when everything comes full circle in the end, I’m deliciously filled with warm fuzzies. Love Amy Smart, love Mark-Paul Gosselaar, love the supporting characters, just love, love, love!

Plus it has one of my favorite movie quotes of all time, courtesy of Kate’s lovely neighbor, Margine:

Reputations are just history in rumour form. You can change it.

Amen, honey.

Books

Another month of me not hitting my reading goal but whatevs. Now that I have no major travel plans until August, I’m ready to slow down, stop working so many nights and weekends, and relax more with a good book!

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck:
A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

This book has been on my to-read list for a long time, mostly because of the title which, come on, is hilarious! Plus, Unf*ck Yourself by Gary John Bishop, a book with an equally saucy title, is still one of my favorite personal development books. (Both affiliate links.) For some reason, though, I couldn’t connect with this audio book. I mean, Lord knows I need to give less f’s. And there was a part in Chapter One’s Feedback Loop from H*** that had me laughing out loud on the plane ride to Florida, much to the amusement of my neighbor.

There was also a section in Chapter 8 about boundaries that rang so true I listened to it twice. But otherwise, I had a hard time focusing. I don’t think it was because of the content … there’s many hard, necessary truths in this book. Maybe it was just bad timing. Sometimes you read the right book at the right time and it resonates. Sometimes you read the right book at the wrong time and it doesn’t. Sometimes you even read the wrong book at the right time and it changes your world, to each their own!

Regardless of the reason, I do plan on giving this book another try later this year. And speaking of boundaries…

Boundaries: When to say yes, how to say no to take control of your life by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

A friend recommended Boundaries because I have been struggling with creating better boundaries in my life, especially when it comes to time management. I have to admit that while listening to the opening chapter, I started to think this book really doesn’t apply to me. But then the author said something to true and revelant to my life that it felt like a punch in the gut.

So yeah. I need this book.

Unfortunately, I didn’t finish it and now there’s a 22 week wait on Libby to borrow the audio version again. Argh. For now, I’m going to move on to another book but I might use my March Audible credit to purchase it. From what I read so far, it’s awesome for anyone who has trouble creating boundaries and feels obligated by Christian faith to always say yes and always be patient and kind regardless of the situation.

By the way, if you haven’t discovered the Libby App by Overdrive yet, give it a try! With this app you can borrow audio and digital books from you library. A great way to save money!

TV

Last month, I was watching Masked Singer with Bob. He went on to finish the season without me and then, in his excitement, shared who won. So yeah, that show is now off the list. So is Boston Legal and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, for now. I’ll pick back up on them later.

Instead, I’ve been rewatching My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Oh my gosh, if you love musicals … and over-the-top characters, you must watch this show!!! Or at least watch the musical numbers on YouTube because they’re brilliant. It was the perfect show to watch while making costumes for the Princess Half since I’ve seen them all before.

Since I’ll be finishing up in March, I’ll share more of my thoughts about the characters in my next recap. Until then, it’s your turn!

QOTD: What stories have you enjoyed in February? Please share in the comments below as well as any great book recommendations!

Until then, thanks for reading and have a joyful day!

Cross posted on Joyful Miles.

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  • Debra Bowman March 9, 2019, 7:46 am

    Two enjoyable books I have read were Silent Patient and Maid. My reading is quite the odd combination of stories. Silent Patient was quite the thriller with a twist I did not see coming. Maid brought me to my knees in prayer to help this young mother survive. Each with an entertaining lesson to learn. Now reading CS Lewis The Divorce and Retrain Your Business Brain.

  • Laura Bowers March 15, 2019, 6:41 am

    Those books all sound amazing!! I need to up my fiction reading game since I’ve just been reading personal development. But I’m LOVING Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis now! Are you on Goodreads by any chance?

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